HCG diet discredited long ago

Nutritional Health, Obesity
ABC News ran a major story on the so-called HCG (pregnancy hormone) diet last night. As a result, I've gotten a bunch of questions on the topic today. Basically, proponents say this pregnancy hormone and fertility drug redistributes fat … decreases hunger … and improves mood in women. But there’s NO proof to these claims. Any weight loss is likely from the extremely low-calorie diet that’s used with HCG. This diet was debunked by excellent research a long time ago. For the data, and more details, read my past blog on the HCG diet, "HCG injections and diet for weight loss discredited long ago."
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Insufficient, irregular sleep associated with childhood obesity

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I made the then startling claim that childhood obesity was associated with a lack of sleep. And, in a clinical study, we showed that families who make wise nutrition choices, activity choices, AND increase the amount of sleep children get, can prevent or treat childhood obesity. Since the publication of the book, study after study (many reviewed in this blog) have demonstrated the association between poor sleep or inadequate sleep and childhood obesity. Now, a new study suggests that sleeping in on the weekend may help children fight obesity. Here are some details from HealthDay News: Too little sleep puts kids at risk of obesity and other health conditions, but "catch-up" sleep on weekends and holidays can mitigate…
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Tongue piercings cause infection and other complications

Children's Health, Parenting
The American Dental Association (ADA) opposes oral (tongue, lip, or cheek) piercing. The ADA even calls it a public health hazard! Why? Piercing parts of your body other than your ear lobe is generally risky for a number of reasons. The U.S. and Canadian Red Cross will not accept blood donations from anyone who has had a body piercing within a year. Why? Because both procedures can causes diseases that are spread via blood—such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. There are no cures for these viral illnesses that can harm your liver and even be fatal. Now, there's a new danger being reported. HealthDay reported,  "Stainless steel studs may collect more bacteria than plastic studs, potentially increasing the risk of infection and other complications," according to a study in the…
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Supplement with vitamin E, essential fatty acids reduces PMS symptoms

Mental Health, Woman's Health
Treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is never easy. And, the reason is that few substances have been shown to be effective. Nevertheless, there are some natural medications that may help women suffering with PMS. WebMD reported, "A supplement containing vitamin E and essential fatty acids may help reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)," according to a study published in the journal Reproductive Health. "Of 120 women with PMS or the more severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), those who took one- or two-gram capsules of vitamin E and a combination of gamma linolenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and other polyunsaturated acids daily showed marked improvements in their PMS symptoms at six months, compared to women who received dummy pills." Notably, "women who received the higher two-gram dose of the new supplement showed…
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